Yes, the Spring-show season is settling in. We’ve got several in place with applications out to many more.
OUR CALENDAR FOR 2019
March 8-10, 2019. Delmarva Fiber Expo. Ocean City, MD. Our first show of the 2019 Fiber Show season is in Ocean City, Maryland. This show used to be in February, but they have moved it a little later in the Spring with the hopes of bypassing the possibility of nasty weather at this popular ocean side venue in the off season. I can’t think of a nicer get-away from cabin fever than taking classes inside where it’s cozy warm with a beautiful frozen ocean view.
March 15-17, 2019. Pittsburgh Creative Arts Festival. Pittsburgh, PA.
Our second show on the 2019 calendar is three days in Pittsburgh, PA, starting on March 15,Pittsburgh, PA, starting on March 15, 2019. It’s the Pittsburgh Creative Arts Festival! It’s an exciting year for this festival. They’ve moved back to a location that they use in the past….the Doubletree Convention Center, Green Tree, PA. The festival has a ton of classes. Check their schedule here, and be sure to grab the ones you want before they fill up.
April 13-14, 2019. Allentown Fiber Festival. Allentown, PA. The next weekend, April 14 and 15, we’ll be at the Merchants Square Mall in Allentown, PA, for the 3rd Annual Allentown Fiber Festival (formerly, Steel City Fiber Festival). They’re still finalizing their classes, so be sure to check their website for updates.
April 27, 2019. Connecticut Sheep, Wool & Fiber Festival. Vernon, CT. A couple of weeks later, we’ll be in Connecticut for a one-day show on Saturday, April 27th. We did this show a few years back, but had to stop because work got in the way. No more! This will be the 110th consecutive year for the Connecticut Sheep , Wool & Fiber Festival. It’s held at the Tolland Ag Center in Vernon. We greatly enjoyed this show, and look forward to being there again this year. The show does a wonderful job of having demonstrations all day including spinning and shearing. It’s a rain-or-shine event, so be sure to mark your calendar.
May 4-5, 2019. Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival, Howard County Fairgrounds, West Friendship, MD. Two days of sheep, herding dogs, and wool … what could be better? This is one of the largest festivals of its kind and we are thrilled to be attending as a vendor for the first time this year as opposed being to a shopper. Well, we made do a bit of shopping as well. Approximately 300 vendors and crowds of fiber loving folks enjoying what we hope will be beautiful Spring weather. Look for us at Booth #8 near the corral.
May 18-19, 2019. Kentucky Sheep and Fiber Festival. Lexington, KY.
We are looking forward to our first show in Kentucky this year. The Kentucky Sheep and Fiber Festival began in 2009 when some fiber enthusiasts and some agriculture enthusiasts got together and realized that Kentucky needed a festival that could represent their crafts and culture. Our festival exists to bring together the arts and crafts community with the producers of the fibers they utilize. At our festival, you can literally see sheep to shawl and everything in between! With over 100 vendors each year, live animals, sheep shearing demonstrations and an amazing array of workshops- our festival has something for everyone. The festival is located at the Masterson Station Park, 3051 Leestown Road, Lexington, KY 40511. Hope to see you there.
June 1-2, 2019. Maine Fiber Frolic. Windsor, ME. Looking forward to being up in Maine again this June. The 19th Annual Maine Fiber Frolic is quite a trek for us, but we love Maine. They have about 100 vendors and lots of workshops – plus almost an entire barn devoted to the fleece sale. It’s located in Windsor, just outside Augusta. C’mon, you know you want to make a vacation out of it! (Logo by Candy Cartier.)
June 8-9, 2019. Central New York Fiber Festival. Bouckville, NY. CNY is such a wonderful show! 88 vendors last year. Their website gives you a ton of information … guest speakers, free activities in the kids’ tent. They even have spinners set up in such a way that you can try your hand at it. The focus this year is dyeing, which should be very informative. The festival is held on the Butternut Hill Campground, not quite an hour southeast of Syracuse.
September 7-8, 2019. Garden State Sheep Breeders Sheep & Fiber Festival. Ringoes, NJ. This show was so much fun last year! Our entire inventory of Shaker Boxes got sold out! It was a great problem to have, but we’ll be overstocked this year, so don’t hesitate to buy several – including some new designs! Their website is chock full of information. Lots of animals, demonstrations, and contests – and a wonderful fleece sale with lots of breeds from which to choose. Last year, in between herding contests, we saw the most beautiful Border Collies keeping a small flock of sheep in their corner. A sheep would take a step away from the fence, and all the BC seemed to do was twitch, then the sheep scurried back. Last year had 86 vendors in three barns. We’ll be in Barn 1 at the front with a double booth. The Hunterdon County Fairgrounds is very easy to find. As soon as you park and enter the event, there we’ll be. Please stop by and say hello!
September 21-22, 2019. Finger Lakes Fiber Festival. Hemlock, NY. So happy to be in the Finger Lakes Fiber Festival. I’ve always loved the area and the show is a gem.
September 28-29, 2019. Adirondack Wool and Arts Festival. Greenwich, NY. Very exciting! We’ve wanted to do this show for so long! Clocking in at well over 100 vendors, it’s just a privilege to be included. The Festival is held on the Washington County Fairgrounds in Upstate NY, between the Hudson River and the Vermont border, just a bit short of Lake George. It’s a breathtakingly beautiful area well-worth a long weekend vacation. Check out their Shows & Sales, and be sure to enter if you’re going to be there! We’re certain the Romney Show on Sunday will be worth the trip alone!
October 5-6, 2019. Fall Fiber Festival & Montpelier Sheep Dog Trials. Montpelier, VA. A wonderful show across from James Masidon’s Montpelier that is full of activities, classes (both adult and children), trials, and competitions. With over 50 vendors and such a beautiful fall setting, make plans to come. Special to this show is the Myra Soden Trophy, awarded to the highest-scoring rescue dog in memory of one of the Festival’s long-time participants and friend. Hope to see you there!
Frederick Fiber Festival (FFF) will be a one day show on October 12th in Frederick, MD. I have lots of vendor friends that love this show, so I’m looking forward to it being our first time. We’ll be in the huge tent that they will have on the fair grounds.
November 2-3, 2019, Fiber Festival of New England, West Springfield, MA. We excited to be going back to the Fiber Festival of New England! We were there for the first 3 years of the festival and were able to come back again last year. We had a great time. It’s a great way to finish out the show season. Check out their list of classes and teachers. Alway top notch. The Eastern States Exposition (the Big E) is easy to find. This may be your last and best chance to stock up on fiber before Winter sets in. See you there!